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Lady St. Helier papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 477

Scope and Contents

The Lady St. Helier Papers consist primarily of social and personal letters received by Susan Mary Elizabeth Stewart-Mackenzie, Lady St. Helier, and one of her daughters, Dorothy Stewart Allhusen. There are also some letters to Francis Henry Jeune, Baron St. Helier; Lady St. Helier's other daughter, Marjorie Fremantle Brodrick, Lady Midleton, and her husband, William St. John Fremantle Brodrick, the Earl of Midleton; and a few other recipients.

The collection has been organized into one series, Correspondence , arranged alphabetically by author, and spans the years 1847-1955, with the bulk of the material dating from between 1885 and 1915.

While in most cases the number of letters under a given correspondent is ten or fewer, there are more substantial groups of letters from several individuals, including Sir Austen Chamberlain (27), Pearl May Teresa Richards Craigie (62), Kate Greenaway (126), Sir Henry Thompson (110), Bishop James Edward Welldon (49), Edith Wharton (38), and Sir Evelyn Wood (82). The correspondence is mainly social in nature and concerns invitations, parties, country houses, and entertainments. Some letters to Baron St. Helier concern politics and legal cases, including those by Viscount Alverstone, William Gladstone, and the Earl of Balfour.


  • 1847-1955


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Lady St. Helier Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Lady St. Helier Papers were a gift in memory of Dorothy Allhusen from Richard L. Purdy, Yale 1925, in 1965.


2.73 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Letters received by Lady St. Helier and other members of her family, particularly her daughter, Dorothy Stewart Allhusen. The letters, from many notable authors, political figures, clergymen, and members of English and Scottish aristocratic families, mainly concern social engagements and personal news; several letters to Lord Jeune (later Baron St. Helier) concern political matters and legal cases. Correspondents include Sir Austen Chamberlain, Pearl May Teresa Richards Craigie, Kate Greenaway, Edith Wharton, and Sir Evelyn Wood.

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, this has been noted in the box-and-folder list.
Guide to the Lady St. Helier Papers
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
October 2000
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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